ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Police in Minnesota's Twin Cities say they are on guard after threats of retaliation for their fatal shooting of a gangster last week.
Police in both Minneapolis and St. Paul were said to be targets of the Chicago arm of the Gangster Disciples after one of their members, Victor Terrance Gaddy, 41, was killed as he allegedly drove his car at a St. Paul police officer during a traffic stop. Gaddy is originally from Chicago, relatives told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He was known to be running crack cocaine, which was found in the car after police killed Gaddy, the newspaper said.
Members of his Chicago gang are considering traveling to the Twin Cities to kill a police officer in retribution, St. Paul City Councilman Dan Bostrom, a retired police officer, said he'd been told by a former colleague on the force Monday that police had heard "there
may be folks coming to town who are seeking retribution as a result of the police incident." He said the information was unconfirmed but came from unrelated sources regarded as reliable.
"I think it's something that's important to be aware of," Bostrom said of the community knowing about the threats, which he said are stressful for police. "And to let the police officers know that we support them and that we stand behind them as they're trying to protect themselves and protect the community."
A St. Paul police spokesman said the department was working to confirm the threats, which he said were being taken seriously.